Miia Tervo’s Finish romantic comedy “Aurora” has been acquired by international sales company LevelK ahead of its world premiere in competition at the Goteborg Film Festival.
Set to open the Goteborg festival, “Aurora” marks the feature debut of Tervo. The film, a comedy-drama set in the snowy Finish region known as Lapland, tells the story of a commitment-phobic, heavy-drinking party girl, Aurora, who meets an Darian, an Iranian refugee looking to get an asylum for himself and his daughter. The two of them agree to help each other in untraditional, but vital ways which will shape their respective futures.
“I wanted to do a quality film with silly and warm humor… with some honest dark shades and romantic comedy… to show the inner reality of a young woman in the arctic ghetto coping with inhereted barriers against love and life,” said Tervo.
The director said she also aimed at showing “Northern magic instead of super-imposed exotism”; and “salute the biggest force of nature, love.”
Starring Mimosa Willamo, Amir Escandari, Oona Airola and Hannu-Pekka Björkman, “Aurora” was produced by Max Malka for Dionysos Films. It was financially backed by the Finnish Film Foundation, Yle National Broadcasting Company and Nordisk Film.
This is the first collaboration between LevelK and Dionysos Films. LevelK will be selling the film to Berlin Film Festival and the European Film Market where it will screen.
LevelK’s recent acquisitions include the Dutch thriller “Vicious” directed by Dennis Bots and written by Alexandra Penrhyn Lowe, based on Mel Wallis De Vries’s bestselling novel.